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Jill aka Jo
January 01 2017 @ 11:59 pm

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Jill aka Jo
January 25 2017 @ 05:09 pm
I realized when looking at my Goodreads Challenge (which I didn't meet for the first time ever) that I hadn't posted anything about books I've read in a while. *sigh* I was going to forgo it but I've read quite a few good ones and I had to share.


Titles: A Winters Tale - Twelve Days of Christmas - A Christmas Cracker
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Here is the thing about Trisha Ashley's books, they all appear to be connected though they aren't officially a series. I should have caught on sooner and started reading them in publication order or even looking up a chronological order but I didn't so I've skipped around in this part of the world. I've read many of Ashley's other books and many take place in a town called Sticklepond which is where A Winter's Tale takes place but just over the bend is Little Mumming where Twelve Days of Christmas, A Christmas Cracker and Finding Mr. Rochester all take place.

Just so you know I've read Twelve Days of Christmas every year for several years because I just enjoy it far too much (previous review). I like the Martlands and I adored Holly but I enjoyed meeting Tabby and her reluctant paramour just as much. I feel like Ashley really brings you into the small town atmosphere of remoute England. And having Eleri go out to the moors in search of history on where Jane Eyre was supposedly to take place only to find a man who could be the dashingly dark Mr. Rochester is just fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of all of these books!

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Jill aka Jo
January 10 2017 @ 10:15 pm

It has been raining for a week now. Our creeks are filled and rushing over roads. Not supposed to stop raining until Friday. Scary part is the 20-40mph winds with gusts up to 60mph. This is too much winter.

 
 
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We've been getting a lot of wind and rain here. Our rivers are flooding, our creeks are at capacity (except the one by my house, thank God). But the wind?! It sounds like it is about to knock over your house. But instead it knocked over one of the biggest tourist sites around here.... The Tunnel Tree (or Pioneer Cabin Tree).
The Tunnel Tree was carved in 1880 after a forest fire burned a hole in the tree. The damaged was carved away and a tunnel was created. The tree lived despite the hole at its base. This weekend it died when the strong winds toppled our beloved Tunnel Tree. It was estimated to be 1000 years old and 285 feet high tall.

Pretty sure it made a noise when it came down.
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December 31 2016 @ 04:35 pm
The books below is my stack of books to read. Some of these books are actually audio books I hope to listen to. Those are underlined and may or may not end up with a review. Links are books I've read that have reviews. Some are locked further for content. Italizes titles are books I've read that I am not going to do a post review.

Ratings
5: It was amazing!
4: I really liked it.
3: I liked it.
2: It was okay.
1: Didn't like it.
Previous Review Lists
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,

Prior:
Author A-K, Author L-Z, By Title, All

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Jill aka Jo
December 25 2016 @ 06:00 am
25th Day of Christmas

This is the most important one because it is Christmas! I couldn't help myself. I went a little nuts with some images.
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December 24 2016 @ 06:00 am
24th Day of Christmas
We do Christmas presents on Christmas Eve after eating so it is unlikely we will add coca to the list of food items; however, we often get together on Christmas day for stockings and sometimes breakfast. So in the past we've done different types of cocoa. We've had peppermint (more of an add on since not everyone likes it), a mocha one which wasn't the best (so I'm waiting on a recipe that might be better), we've done it mixed with other chocolates which didn't change it much, and we did Bailey's one year at the request of my mother. I'm sure there were more but I can't remember them all.

This year things will be a little different with Christmas landing on Sunday but I'm considering taking this to church for everyone to enjoy.

Needed
4 cups low fat/skim milk
2 tablespoons Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread (or any hazelnut cacao spread)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons natural sweetener of choice/raw sugar

Optional Toppings:
Marshmallows
Crushed hazelnuts
Chocolate chips
Extra Nutella


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December 23 2016 @ 06:00 am
23rd Day of Christmas

I didn't plan this well enough. I can admit that. I should have done this one early on but I had so much trouble finding all the parts mostly because with everything going on, I didn't have time to get to the craft store. My bad. So here is the what happened. I was looking for homemade signs online. I came across this one which turns out is for sale on Etsy for $56. But my first reaction was I could make that myself.
Okay so it isn't exactly the same but partially that was due to my procrastination because all the big Js and Ys were gone at the craft store and I had to go for smaller ones.

Needed
J & Y made out of word, paper or whatever you can find.
Twig wreath that is approximately the same size.
Some form of twine that will tie them together
Ribbon for the wreath
Paint is optional (I needed 2)


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22nd Day of Christmas
Most of the people in my family are not big stuffing fans though these sound delicious and I'm willing to try almost anything once. So here is a fun way of doing the stuffing and making it unique.

Needed
9 cups bread cubes (12 slices bread)
Nonstick cooking spray
9 slices bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped red onions
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
2 large Granny Smith or fuji apples, peeled (if desired), cored, and coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (6 cloves)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup chicken broth
Small fresh sage leaves (optional)


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December 21 2016 @ 06:00 am
21st Day of Christmas
I love cats a lot but dog treats are far easier to make. Kitties have delicate systems you have to be careful of but a dog is just a bit hardier so they can eat things a cat can not. So that is why I was super excited to stumble upon this easy, delicious and healthy treat for the pups in our lives.

Needed
Sweet Potatoes (as many and you want to do)
Baking Sheet
Parchment
Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees f.

  2. Wash and dry your sweet potatoes.

  3. Thinly slice your potatoes length-wise. 1/4- 1/3 inch wide max.

  4. Place them on the parchment lined baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 3 hours, turning them over half way through. They will be pretty chewy and dry. (If you have a dehydrator that will work too.)

  6. Store them in the fridge to prevent mold growth. Can be frozen.

Days Til Christmas: 4